Tree planting can do more harm than good if not planted properly

Read this April 2019 National Geographic article about reforestation and the dangers of this practice if doing it without due consideration to how forests work. In one case, a governemnt planted forest in Fort McMurray, Canada increased carbon emissions instead of absorbing carbon emissions. In 2014, Fort McMurray became home to one of the biggest forest fires in history because of its government’s policy of unmixed tree planting and only planting black spruces. The trees were evenly spaced out t to allow bigger tree growth which in turn lead to greater moisture absorbion in the underlying peat wetland. Normally, such wetlands form a fire-resistant barrier but if dried out, the previous wetland becomes a fire hazard and that is what happened in Fort McMurray. Read more

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